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Mithuna Couple, after Ajanta

Y. G. Srimati Indian

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This study of a royal couple is styled after loving couples (mithuna) depicted in courtly scenes in the murals at the Buddhist rock-cut caves of Ajanta, in western India. Here Srimati consciously celebrated that great legacy of sixth-century Indian painting. Contemporary literary sources tell us that the palaces and grand houses of the era were adorned in a similar manner, but it is the murals that survive at Ajanta that best demonstrate the mastery of painting in early India.

Mithuna Couple, after Ajanta, Y. G. Srimati (Indian, 1926–2007), Watercolor on paper, India (Chennai)

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